Last week, I finally got round to decorating one of the notebooks I bought my sister for Christmas.
I was reminded of the fact that I’m actually quite impatient when it comes to art related things which is why I don’t do lettering more often. All Arts, as I know from being a musician, require perseverance. There will be those anomalies who have a natural talent for something and don’t need as much practice to be amazing, but for everyone else, you have to make a conscious decision to persevere and practice often. I didn’t wake up being able to play the guitar; it’s taken years of practice. Barre chords are hard – but the more I practice them, the easier they become to play.
So back to lettering. My first go at lettering was last year when I bought plain notebooks for my modules at university and decorated them. I rushed them; I didn’t want to write in pencil then go over what I’d done in pen, so I wrote freehand using a marker. I made mistakes; one being that I had gotten the name of one of my modules completely wrong (but it wasn’t the end of the world because the notebook was just for my own notes anyway). The writing wasn’t as neat as it could be because I wanted beautifully personalised notebooks but I wasn’t willing to put in the level of care and patience that the task required.
This time around, I started with pencil and went over with pens. It was still quite difficult for me, but I resisted the urge to rush everything and took my time. Although it still didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted, it was so much better. It’s worth mentioning that I haven’t done any lettering since last year and so I accepted that it could only be so good because I hadn’t been practicing.
Skills require practice and I know that if I want to be better, I must practice and persevere, especially at those points when I want to give up. It’s so much easier said than done, but it’s essential if I want to improve. Before long, I’ll be able to confidently write freehand. Do you have a skill or sport or hobby you want to be better at? Leave a comment below because I’d love to know!
After a day of shopping in Central London, my sister, a friend and I began looking for a place to eat. We did a quick Google search and our mutual love for Japanese food lead us to Taro, a Japanese restaurant on Brewer Street which is a walkable distance from Oxford Street and Regents Street.
One big reason why Taro stood out compared to other restaurants was the consideration for allergy sufferers. As someone with food allergies, I am always so cautious when eating out at new places and I sometimes feel like a pain/liability asking whether certain foods contain things I am allergic to. This usually leads to them either shaking their head apologetically because they have no clue what’s in the food or it’s just a faff. At Taro, there were signs that encouraged customers to ask members of staff about allergens and that way, I didn’t feel like I was being an inconvenience. This was the first time that I’d experienced an establishment caring about people who have allergies in this way, but I’m aware that more and more restaurants have started to be considerate in that respect.
The price of the food was great. Only a stone throw away from shops that sell bags the size of a phone case for thousands of pounds, the restaurant could very easily bump up their prices a few pounds and still be reasonable (please don’t though). I was surprised at how affordable the food was for the quality and portion size. My sister and friend, who both had different dishes to me, said the same. I bought the Chicken Teriyaki Don (pictured below) and it was £6.50 and super filling. The prices are subject to 10% service charge but are still reasonable regardless.
We did have to wait though for about 10 minutes, but we quickly forgot how long we’d been waiting because the food was so good. I can confidently say it is the best Japanese restaurant I have been to so far in London.
Also, the owner of the restaurant is the face you see in the logo which we found so cute and he was there at the time. Although I didn’t catch him smiling, he was assisting the staff working there and serving people which I thought was such a brilliant example of great leadership which just made the restaurant an even nicer place.
The restaurants can be found in Soho, Balham and Cannon Street and are open every day + bank holidays. If you have visited, let me know what you had and what your experience was like! It is definitely a top recommendation of mine and I strongly encourage you to give the restaurant a try if you haven’t!